Sunday, June 25, 2017

Irish Salsa Congress

 It was a little bit like this but maybe next time!

Dance shoes in hand

It all started with emergency gardening around midnight on Friday – On closer inspection of Becky’s spiky outline, in the straw, I found she had pulled out 8 of the 10 significant branches of my favourite winter scented jasmine and added them to their bed. 
Becky and Wish today with no conscience or memory of the incident

My first reaction was slightly ‘sod you and the horse you rode in on’ but then I said to myself, I hope to God this is the right time of year for taking cuttings to start new shrubs, as I prepared about 200 with the secateurs. Where we differ on approach, Becky and I are similar in determination! I had to dig up soil by moonlight, from a perimeter bank and fill pots, cut each branch to 6 inch lengths, trim leaves to leave only two and then scrape and expose the cambium layer to stimulate root growth!

Working hands? No problem with bright vegan nail varnish to hand

I was to be up at 6am as I’d bought a Day Pass for the infamous Irish Salsa Congress in Kildare. Thankfully, my gardening hands and nails could be rectified by a splash of nail varnish. I did back-to-back classes with international teachers in Cha Cha Footwork, Dominican Bachata, Salsa Partnerwork with Footwork and Styling, Partnerwork with Body Movement (with my favourite couple to watch and learn from, Gil & Shelley), then Salsa Con Rumba and finally International Bachata. I met the Kilkenny gang for a brief but entertaining al fresco lunch halfway through. Was it wrong to bring my own mini pizza and lemon and chocolate dessert? It felt so right and yet cheap and cheerful too!

Lunch with Triona and Catalina

I was just about to jump in my car at 6pm, contented with a great day on all accounts, with no bleak moments, when someone said ‘see you at the party, yeah?’ That was when I found out that my wristband covered me for the social dancing last night too. After causing a slight scene at a local restaurant, where I thought I was going to be sent home after all, a few glasses of wine later and danced again until 3.30am! I didn’t mean to even fade then but I went to the car for refreshments and found myself there a couple of hours later, tucked in for a little music and shut eye! I love the car environment, instantly warm, comfortable, with one’s own CDs and a view of one’s own choice!

Retrieved jasmine debri

Did I mention, dancing is the way forward? If you do it enough, your whole interaction with life changes. Instead of pushing to get ahead or lagging behind, in nearly every instance you find you can follow the subtle cues, of direction and pace. This gives time to notice all the beautiful moments of synergy and coordination as they happen. And lends an un-embarrassed ability to share a good laugh about all the maneuvers that don’t go so well too.

Some jasmine cuttings prepared

A few of the countless cuttings in pots

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Best Dance Studio in Ireland - To be found in Kilkenny City

Vesper Studio Video - just out, with yours truly in tango mode


Coming Home After Salsa


Dancefloor over the stream



Full Moon Party


Dance Fit 

Beach Ready

Stretch and Flex

How To Live As One


Argentine Tango


Western Jive

Cowboy Country


Hip Hop


Competition Choreography


Wedding Dance Preparation


Thursday, June 8, 2017

So here goes some 'Light-Hearted Lifestyle content' on Raw Food as Lidl says this is the way to engage people!!

It is not what you eat but what you don't eat that keeps you healthy

Why is organic, raw, vegan food a necessity rather than an option?
I've only just realized that very few people know that over half of every meal SHOULD be raw, if you want to prevent cancer and other illnesses "
There are over 100 trillion organisms in the gut, that make up ¾ of our immune system.

And, of course, everything must be 'organic'. The organic brands are not a pricey range that you could never afford, it is really worth shifting your mindset to thinking right, just eat less but real non contaminated food.

Organic simply means that an ingredient has 'not been dowsed repeated in carcinogenic chemicals at every stage of growing, ripening and preservation'. And, no, just because a product is on the shelf in a shop does not mean it is okay to eat. Always bear in mind that if you buy and eat something one year and the deteriorating health shows up a year or two later, there is no accountability, traceability and, yes, the retailers know this, the food industry knows this and doctors and pharmaceutical companies benefit from it.

People should be eating raw food
It is not a sustainability issue or a lifestyle choice. The medical science is outlined below by the Children's Cancer Prevention periodical.

Raw food does not mean only chopped up fruit and salad.

Everything, except potatoes and meat can be eaten raw. Grate it, chop it small, marinade it. If it's beans soak them and sprout them, if it's nuts they are even better for you soaked over night. Soon you will only like the taste of raw dishes. The internet is full of amazing recipes. The place to start is, what do I have in my cupboard? Then tap into google, 'raw recipes with ...carrot or whatever you have'

The science behind raw food

"Paul Kouchakoff M.D. a doctor from Switzerland was the first to show from this research in the 1930's that if you eat a diet consisting of 51% or more of cooked foods, that your body reacts as if it were being invaded by a foreign organism.

Your body reacts this way because, even if the food is lightly steamed, the enzymes within the food are lost. Enzymes are key to digestion and they are key to the use of nutrients by the body. Without the presence of these enzymes your body treats the cooked food as a toxin and goes into a state known as 'leukocytosis'.

Digestive leukocytosis generates white cell acivity against the cooked food you've eaten because the cooking process has bastardised the molecular integrity of the food in a way that makes it appear as a toxin.

Dr. Kouchakoff also showed from his research that if 51% of more of your diet consisted of raw foods that you would have no leukocytosis. Meaning that your imune system would not be activated with a false alarm."

Published by Salubrious Periodicals

Diet must contain plant based protein. 

Meat cannot be eaten raw and 50% of the protein in anything cooked is lost. Secondly, plants are easier to digest than meat.

 The Science behind Plant-based Protein

Written regarding Spirulina - to be found in any health food shop: "Spirulina was consumed in Mexico city as the primary protein source for 5,000 years. It is the highest protein content food in the world. The 'Max Planck Institute' discovered that 50% of protein is destroyed in any food by the cooking process. Therefore plant based protein sources should be a key part of any diet. Plant based proteins are fully bio-available as well, meaning that they are incredibly easy for your body to absorb." 

For me? I have been alive and thriving on a plant-based diet for 16 years, lots of organic for 4 years and perfecting raw cuisine for 1 year. You can start anywhere with this; a health need, something about the welfare of animals pricking your conscience, the environment or a love of food preparation and dinner parties. But at least put the information in your pipe and smoke it! If you need help with the transition to a better diet, I will definitely help.


The difference between medical care and natural health care

Again the information comes from the Registered Charity no. 1026049
The first treats symptoms and the second prevents illness.

The 4 Steps of Natural Health Care are outlined as:

1. Emotional Balance

Negative emotions have been proven to be an immunosuppressive. Healthy emotions are reflected in the state of the body.

2. Nutrition

Fulfilling your body's nutritional requirements enables your body to function in a state of health and vitality.

3. Activity

Regular activity maintains and promotes health.

4. Detoxification

Look to remove the things in your environment and diet which are causing toxicity in your body.

Facebook's Emotion-Reading Technology! Maintain a poker-player's expression - give nothing away!

We really need to be living by consciousness rather than emotion so Do we want facebook to sponsor emotion-reading technology to decide what we will feel next?
Hang on, this can only go three ways 1) Compound emotions. Depress vegans further before bed time! 2) Mood enhancement. Deliver ill-timed comedy to those grieving or 3) Have their own agenda. Deliver a synthesized emotion that 'they' want us to have, like a felt need to 'Buy something because you haven't enough and you aren't enough' or a fluoride-esque anaesthetic: 'Don't worry about anything, everyone's fine'.

We're going to have to get really good at observing what are our own feelings and ideas and what are facebook's/the new world order/government/corporations. I know HAARP have been doing the latter for years. Where Tesla saw the potential to shield the planet using the matched frequency of the human heart and that of the ionisphere, HAARP, I gather, decided instead to synthesize the negative emotions of rage and crisis and send them around to deignated destinations instead. Hence, the widespread fear and self destructive tendencies.

Was it back in the 80s that we saw this nano technology tested on a psychiatric patient to stabilize and destabilize them? The more I think aboout Facebook observing how rushed, yet absorbed, yet rattled most people are, the more of an easy target I realize we are to be controlled. So the only answer is stay on top of this, everyone! Be very careful to only beam out love and compassion ... and then observe equally carefully if that is what you are getting back. If you get something different back from FB, you will know and must remember and keep remembering that you could be being manipulated so to hold on to that independence of heart and mind, for dear life....and keep your phone out of the bedroom, lights off, preferably salt light on for some negative ions - which are good by the way - and anything else you can think of!

Suddenly, I'm glad this has come up as it's another chance to notice technology's effect on each of us on a daily basis. The human heart is stronger but don't lose touch with it!